In 2006, FSANZ commissioned the University of New South Wales to prepare a discussion paper on Values, Governments, and Food Regulation. The review, prepared by Dr Stephen Coleman, draws together the research relating to the increased attention on food safety, primarily focusing on ethics and public policy, but also political science. The review summarises the key points to be considered when attempting to develop an appropriate policy for government intervention in the production and sale of food. The key issues explored include:
- the role of government in liberal democracies such as Australia and New Zealand,
- issues of individual rights to liberty and autonomy, and
- the role that values can appropriately play in the development of governmental policy with regard to regulation of the production and sale of food.
Discussion paper: Values, Governments, and Food Regulation (word 169kb) | (pdf 140kb)